Rockdale County

Metro Atlanta teacher raps 'Bad and Boujee' to teach the Civil War

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — A teacher at Edwards Middle School in Conyers took an Atlanta rap group’s hit single “Bad and Boujee” and fashioned it for a Civil War lesson for his students.

David Yancey has picked out artists like Atlanta's own Migos, Chance the Rapper and Adele to help his students learn.

"I'm trying to get kids to want this,” Yancey said.

"They're really catchy,” student Allison Adcock said. “So, you remember them, like during tests when you need them."

Mixing a hit with history has paid off in the classroom.

"Because now they're really willing to hear the material to understand it and they're always looking forward to the next song,” Principal Fred Middleton said.


And now subjects like the Civil War and Cherokee Indians bring them to their feet.

"I’m not Migos," Yancey said. "I'm not Adele. I'm an eighth-grade social studies teacher who is trying to reach them."

Besides being an aspiring singer, Yancey also happens to be the school's reigning Teacher of the Year.